Florida judge forces mother to consent to the circumcision of her 4 year-old son against her will

by 05/23/15   filed under: green family, green kids, kids health, news, parenting

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In Florida yesterday, (May 22), a judge sentenced a four year-old boy named Chase to a circumcision. Heather Hironimus, the boy’s mother, lost a months-long court battle and was ultimately unable to protect her son from a needless and potentially dangerous medical procedure, all because the boy’s father wants it done. Hironimus, 31, has been jailed since May 14 after nearly three months of hiding with her son in a domestic violence shelter, in a desperate attempt to keep him intact. A week later, May 22, she was forced to consent to a procedure she did not agree to in order to regain her freedom and custody of her son. Reportedly, she will be released from jail and reunited with her son soon.

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GUIDE: 22 BPA-free popsicle molds for making all kinds of delicious homemade popsicles

by 05/22/15   filed under: gear for parents, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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Antibiotic use in infants linked to a variety of health issues in later life

by 05/22/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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When our little ones are feeling ill, our main priority is to get them better and back to their normal, cartwheeling, bouncing, running around selves. Many parents (and children’s doctors) turn first to antibiotics as a treatment catch-all when kids are under the weather. A recent study, published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, cautions that antibiotic use may indeed be linked to bacterial gut imbalance in infants that persists as they grow, as well as a number of other allergies, diseases (including infectious and auto-immune), and metabolic issues later in life.

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James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

by 05/22/15   filed under: education, green design, green kids

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Lots of men give their wives flowers on their birthday, but those flowers aren’t usually comprised of solar cells. Acclaimed film director James Cameron gifted his wife Suzy Amis Cameron a ‘bouquet’ of five great big photovoltaic Sun Flowers on the grounds of the MUSE School, which she co-founded in southern California. The flowers, which Cameron designed over the course of three years, represent a step forward for the school, which was founded with a mission of sustainability.

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8 dangerous excuses parents make for not using enough sunscreen

by 05/21/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body

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Kutikai fashions playful, modern furniture for kids

by 05/21/15   filed under: kids furniture

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TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

by 05/21/15   filed under: humanitarian design

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Philanthropic business TOMS has donated shoes to those in need, helped provide sight-saving surgeries, glasses, and medicine, supported safe water systems in developing countries, and has helped provide training and supplies to birth attendants. The latest creatures benefiting from the company’s philanthropic mission will never be able to fit into a pair of TOMS, however. The company’s Animal Initiative is currently giving financial support to the World Wildlife Fund and its efforts to help endangered rhinos. Available for women and children, the rhino print shoes are colorful yet classic TOMS, featuring an easy slip-on style and comprised of vegan materials. The rhinos are creatively printed in patterned wine, blue, and orange. As always, TOMS will provide a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes purchased.

+ TOMS Rhino Shoes $36.00-$59.00

 

Six largest school districts in the U.S. are ditching polystyrene trays for eco-friendly, compostable plates

by 05/20/15   filed under: education, food, green education, green kids, news

school lunch, eco-friendly schools, compostable plates, compostable plate, polystyrene trays, compostable cafeteria items, recycled plates, recycled cafeteria items, recycled cutlery, compostable cutlery, largest school districts, schools environmental responsibilityToday, the nation’s six largest school districts made a stunning step forward for eco-friendly student dining. The Urban School Food Alliance—a coalition of school districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando—announced that they will phase out the use of polystyrene trays and replace them with round, compostable plates.

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HOW TO: Make nut-free sesame & cauliflower crackers

HOW TO: Make nut-free sesame & cauliflower crackers

1. Gather the ingredients 1/2 medium cauliflower 3 tbsp of buckwheat groats 5 tbsp of flax 3 tbsp of olive oil 1 tbsp of lemon juice a pinch of lemon zest 1 tsp of sea salt 1/4…

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British toy company debuts 'Dolls with Disabilities' so differently-abled kids can 3D print customized dolls in their likeness

British toy company debuts 'Dolls with Disabilities' so differently-abled kids can 3D print customized dolls in their likeness

British toy company Makies is changing the way dolls are sold, with their new Toy Like Me campaign that allows children with disabilities to custom-create dolls that look like them.…

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'The Garden Ape' is a magical short film created to inspire people to grow wilder gardens

'The Garden Ape' is a magical short film created to inspire people to grow wilder gardens

Gardens are not only the birthplace of physical nourishment and sustenance, they are also the backdrop for relaxation, inspiration, adventure and meditation. For these reasons,…

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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study…

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10 enchanting gardens around the world

10 enchanting gardens around the world

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK While the “Lost Gardens” sound mysterious, the reason for their fall into disrepair for much of the 20th century is sadly…

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Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

Beyond wheat: A guide to gluten-free flours (and what to make with them)

1. Buckwheat Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually wheat or even a grain at all. It’s a plant, and its grain-like seeds are eaten (some call it a pseudocereal). Rich in…

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Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

Oeuf's space-saving River twin bed features a bench & an optional trundle bed

The River Twin Bed by Oeuf features clean lines and an awesome space-saving design. Kids will adore the little bench perched at the foot of the bed which offers a place to read, relax…

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Star Wars Death Star is reimagined with the creative use of LEGO Friends sets

Star Wars Death Star is reimagined with the creative use of LEGO Friends sets

Death Star Control Room This Death Star features girls at the helm (and everywhere else). RELATED | Girl Ditches LEGO Juice Bar Instructions to Build This Mighty Robot Death Star…

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GUIDE: How to shop for non-GMO food

GUIDE: How to shop for non-GMO food

Image courtesy of Organic Trade Association Go Organic It’s estimated that 70% of all processed food at your supermarket contains GMOs, but because not all GMO foods are labeled,…

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15 terrifically creative button crafts for kids

15 terrifically creative button crafts for kids

Button Owl Art Of course we had to share this ADORABLE owl button craft project. Seriously, who doesn’t adore cute little owls! We sure do here at Inhabitots, especially when…

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